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CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats co-opts seven new partners

This increases the number of firm partners to 117 out of a total of 430 lawyers.

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats announces the co-optation of seven new partners: Benoît Bailly, Jean-Charles Benois, Mathieu Daudé, Bruno Dondero, Christophe Leclère, Arnaud Reygrobellet, and Nicolas Riou. This increases the number of firm partners to 117 out of a total of 430 lawyers.

Benoît Bailly, 41, joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2007. He is a taxation specialist and advises corporate officers, entrepreneurs, and families in the management, transfer, or transmission of their professional and personal assets. He also advocates on behalf of private banking institutions and family offices in France and abroad as well as investment funds. He holds a post-graduate degree (DESS) in applied taxation (2000) and a post-graduate degree (DEA) in public law of economic affairs (2002) from University of Paris XII. He also teaches taxation in the ‘Business and Taxation Law’ LLM programme within the Faculty of Law of University of Cergy-Pontoise.

Jean-Charles Benois, 37, joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2012. Specialising in taxation, his work includes taxation matters for international companies and groups (restructuring, collective incentive plans for officers and employees, etc.) as well as transactional taxation and private equity. He also advises real estate groups, especially in their external growth operations. A graduate of HEC Paris (2005), he also holds a post-graduate degree (DESS) in business and taxation from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2005).

Mathieu Daudé, 41, joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2004. He specialises in taxation and advises French and foreign groups on international intra-group flows, particular in the application of tax treaties and restructuring. He also works in international real estate development as well as international personal property taxes and especially trusts under French tax law. A graduate of HEC Paris (2000) and the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) of Paris (2002), he also holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in taxation from University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (2001).

Bruno Dondero, 45, joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2018 and is head of the legal affairs team. He is a professor at Ecole de droit de la Sorbonne (University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne) and co-head of the Sorbonne business/finance research department. He especially specialises in corporate and M&A law, contract law, and financial law. He also works in litigation and arbitration. He holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in business law (1996) and a PhD in law (2001) from University of Paris X and obtained an habilitation to supervise research from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2003) and an agrégation in private law and criminal sciences (2007).

Christophe Leclère, 43, joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2007. He specialises in direct taxation, assisting companies and associations in the tax management, restructuring, and research tax credits. He is involved in tax audits and litigation as well as tax-related searches and police procedures. He also supports individuals in their personal and personal property tax issues. A graduate of Neoma Business School (ESC Reims) and Queensland University of Technology (Australia) (1999), he holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in taxation from University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and a post-graduate degree (DESS) in applied taxation from University of Paris V-René Descartes (2003).

Arnaud Reygrobellet, 55, joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2008 as a member of the firm’s legal affairs team. He is a professor at University of Nanterre (Paris X), where he co-directs the master’s degree in business law. He also teaches at Financia Business School. He specialises in commercial, banking, financial, and real estate law. He holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in business and taxation (1987), a PhD in law, an habilitation to supervise research (1995) from University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.

Nicolas Riou, 43, joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2000. He specialises in taxation and supports French and foreign groups of companies in their tax strategy and management as well as their M&A and restructuring operations. He also assists them in their tax audits and litigation. He advises corporate officers in personal and personal property taxation. A graduate of EDHEC (1998), he also holds a post-graduate degree (DESS) in business law from University of Paris XI (1999).


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